Are of course, writing the morning pages. I don’t know who pointed me to \’The Artist\’s Way\’ by Julia Cameron – a friend? a random blog post or an article? The who is lost in my memory – though I am eternally grateful that I came across the suggestion to read the book
I remember borrowing the book from the library, and reading it well past the due date while accruing enough fines to buy half the book. Then I actually went and bought the book too, and since then have recommended this to some people whom I though would benefit from it – you see, one need not be the artistic type to get something out of this book – one just needs to want to know oneself better and change their current status quo…
So what are these morning pages? In \’The Artist\’s Way\’, morning pages are one of the exercises which the author asks everyone to do – everyday – first thing in the morning. Here is the explanation from the author herself:
\”Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages– they are not high art. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Occasionally colorful, more often than not Morning Pages are negative, fragmented, repetitive or bland. Good! Worrying about your job, the laundry, the weird look your friend gave you – all that stuff distracts you from your creativity. It eddies through your subconsciousness and muddies your day. Get it on the page first thing in the morning and move on with your day with a freer spirit. \”
For me, the morning pages work to bring some sanity in me – they help me if I\’m fighting with the people in my life or I\’m frustrated at work or if I\’m generally unhappy and cant figure out why or if I\’m in a creative rut. The list goes on. The morning pages help me clear my mind. And inspire me and motivate me to do what I need to do. It\’s almost like I\’m a better person overall when I write the morning pages.
So do I write them everyday? I try to but I mostly go in cycles with these (as much as anything else in my life). I\’ll write them with dedication for a month, maybe two…by then my mental state stabilizes, inspiration flows and I start working… then I get lazy and stop writing …then something happens – I fall into a rut or am upset or am depleted or a life-changing incident(or what feels like it) happens – and I get back to writing again…
One thing is for sure though – I may write the morning pages for a couple of days or for a couple of months – either ways, the changes in myself and my mental clarity on those days is amazing.
If you have actually read this post till here, as a reward for your persistence, I suggest you try writing the morning pages. Go to this link and check out what Julia says about morning pages, and watch the video.
It would be great if you would support Julia and buy her book – but even if you don\’t buy the book, try writing the morning pages for just two days! After all, all you need is a pen, paper and about 30-40 minutes in the morning. :).
And if you do feel like it, I would love to hear your experience on writing the morning pages. Do you feel any different after writing them? Am I deluded or are they really that amazing?